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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE.
its engines running into Salt Lake City from Denver. For
a quarter of a century the Utes have lived on their Uintah
lands, but the finding of gilsonite beds there fifteen years ago
was the beginning of the end. Now, surrounded by whites,
they must till their forty-acre tracts until the race dies out.
Their tribal relations are forever ended.
The Mescal Bean
As time passes the use of the mescal bean among the Osages
increases instead of decreases as one would naturally suppose
it would on account of the evident injury caused bleating
it. The increase and number of those eating it is not only
among the ignorant full-blood but among the college bred full
blood as well. The bean is not eat by the educated full
blood for other than the effect produced, while by the ignor
ant full-blo id it is eat to a large extent for the religious
ceremony connected with the eating of it. Your correspon
dent had the pleisure of witnessing the whole ceremony re
cently and was told by Chief Big Heart, owner of one of the
medicine camps, that I had seen more than any other white
man had ever seen.
The places where the bean is eat are always isolated; otf
from the main traveled roads and are called'Mnedicine camps."
There are four or five of these camps upon the reservation
where the different bands assemble every Friday afternoon to
eat the bean. These camps are invariably located along
Previous to the eating of the bean the fire tenders build a
large fire; upon a pile of ricks. Into this fire is thrown a pe
culiar kind of rock called "Gabriel rock" by the Osages.
These rocks are allowed to remain in the fire until they are